Fiji Creates History at Rio Olympics

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Fiji is the first Pacific Island country to win gold at the Olympics.

The Fiji rugby sevens team crushed Britain 43-7 in the final, giving the Pacific island nation its first games medal.

Fiji had the wind in the first half with Tom Mitchell’s drop-kicks putting Fiji straight on the attack. Soon enough captain Osea Kolinisau found space on the left and crossed over for Fiji’s first.

Leone Nakarawa looked to be going over, but Britain’s Tom Mitchell desperately dragged him down from behind and Fiji’s relentless pressure saw Jerry Tuwai score with ease on the overlap.

Evidently, Fiji’s hands and feet were just too sharp for Great Britain, and not long Jasa Veremalua went over in the corner.

With two minutes to go in the first half Great Britain would barely hold onto the ball as Josua Tuisova fed Leone Nakarawa for yet another score with a conversion.

Vatemo Ravouvou stepped on the gas and Tom Mitchell grasped at thin air before diving over to extend the lead to 29.

That followed shortly after when substitute Viliame Mata sneaked the ball over from a turnover deep in Great Britain territory for a try, sealed with a conversion.

At half time, it was a one-way traffic in Rio. Britain’s effort to fight back couldn’t stop the onslaught.

Carrying on the momentum, Jasa Veremalua strolled over to make it 34 with a successful conversion.

Great Britain would however not be left scoreless, Dan Norton crossed over before Watson converted.

And in the final minutes of the game substitute Viliame Mata sneaked the ball over from a turnover deep in the reds territory for a grandstand finish.

Britain took silver and in the Bronze medal play off South Africa defeated Japan with a similar lopsided 54-14 victory over Japan at the Deodoro Stadium.

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